Make this beautiful paper rose arbor that is also a pretty luminary. This paper lantern would be perfect for a wedding, romantic centerpiece, or even just a little farmhouse decor.
A few years ago we built an pretty arbor on the side of our house. It’s where I put the stenciled stepping stone I made in my father’s memory, and it’s right next to the DIY retaining wall in our front yard. For those not familiar with this term, an arbor is a shady garden alcove with sides and a roof formed by trees or climbing plants trained over a wooden framework.I love my arbor — it’s so pretty and peaceful! So I decided to immortalize this arbor by turning it into a paper rose arbor luminary so EVERYONE can have an arbor!
Here is my REAL arbor… (yes, I put two arbors next to one another because I wanted a larger space).
And here is my paper rose arbor…
Here’s what the paper rose arbor luminary looks like with the lights on inside…
And, of course, that big open space inside the arbor is perfect for decorating. So what I’ve done is make some alternate versions with silhouettes under the arbor’s arch — an old couple sitting on a bench, some lovebirds, and a water fountain. Here’s the fountain silhouette:
My readers also suggested a Beauty and the Beast silhouette! I think this is a lovely idea, but I can’t provide the silhouette as that is copyrighted. There used to be a perfect silhouette of Beauty & the Beast for purchase in Cricut Design Space (but is no longer available – sorry!). So here’s what the paper rose arbor looks like with that royal Disney couple:
Even though I cannot not provide a free SVG file for the Beauty & the Beast silhouette, I did prepare the Beauty & the Beast silhouette for you in Cricut Design Space, all ready to cut — you’ll find a link to it with the other variations when you complete the puzzle! Puzzle, you say? Read on to learn how the puzzle works…
Like all of my luminaries and lanterns in my “Make the Light” project, this DIY rose paper arbor contains a puzzle. If you solve it successfully, you’ll unlock the extra design variations for the paper arbor. So to get this deluxe version, download the basic version from my resource library, upload it to your favorite design software (such as Cricut Design Space), and look carefully at the design. Count how many RECTANGLES you see, big and little (and on all layers. Type your answer as a number (not a word) at this page: Rose Arbor Luminary Access
So let me show you how to make a paper rose arbor luminary. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure policy.
Materials for the Paper Rose Arbor Luminary
- Two sheets of white 8.5″ x 11″ 65lb., 110 lb. or Kraft cardstock
- One sheet of green 8.5″ x 11″ 65 lb. cardstock
- Two sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ vellum
- Tacky glue
- (Optional) Bone folder
- (Optional) Pointy tool for hard-to-reach places
- (Optional) Miniature paper roses (about 24)
- (Optional) Beauty & the Beast silhouette (no longer available for purchase from Cricut — sorry!)
- LED tealights to put inside your lantern
- (Optional) Tape to keep your tealights together
- A way to cut your paper (I used a Cricut)
- My free SVG/DXF cut file/pattern (available in my free resource library—get the password at the bottom of this post)
How to Make Your Paper Rose Arbor Luminary
First, download the paper arbor pattern for this project from my free resource library. If you’re going to cut it out on your cutting machine, upload the file to your design software. If you’re not sure how to upload an SVG cut file to Cricut Design Space, watch this helpful video training series I made. If you’re on an iPhone or iPad, here’s how to upload SVG files to the Cricut Design Space app.
Note for cutting machine users: There are several layers of lines that need to be converted to score lines. So either convert those or remove those layers entirely. If you convert them to score lines, you also need to attach them to their respective layers. Here’s what it looks like when everything is attached properly. (Tip: Click on this image to see it at a larger size.)
Here’s what your pieces will look like cut out:
Start by folding your vellum (which we use to make the inside of your paper arbor glow prettily when there are LED tealights inside).
Here is the folded vellum:
Glue along one side (outer edges only) as shown below.
Fold the vellum in half so one end covers the glued end. Allow to dry.
Square up the vellum and you’ll have something that looks like this. This is your luminary insert.
Now fold the frame of the paper arbor.
Glue one end of the paper arbor.
Fold the paper arbor in half so one end is over the glued end.
Square up your paper arbor so it looks like it should!
Slide your vellum insert into your paper arbor.
Glue the top edges of the vellum insert to the top of the paper arbor frame on both sides.
Now we fold the top of the arbor. I designed this so you could fold each of the four points to look like they were more or less solid.
Once each end is folded, put a little glue on one side.
Glue the ends of the points together so they look like this.
Bend your top into a curve then push the points up a bit, like I’m doing here.
Now put some glue on the paper top — I put my glue on all four sides, plus the bars in the middle. (No glue goes on the points.)
Center the strip of vellum on the glued side of the top, preserving the curve.
To make sure the paper top dries with the curve, wrap it around your glue bottle (or something similar) and press and hold.
Slide the top into the paper arbor — the vellum sides that hang down go INSIDE the arbor.
Glue the vellum sides to the arbor itself to keep it in place.
Here’s the completed paper arbor!
Glue your paper rose vines to the sides of your arbor. The little stem goes at the base.
Also glue the tops of the paper vines down to the top of your paper arbor.
Here’s the paper arbor with its paper vines.
If you want to add roses, make them using the tutorial at Make Miniature Paper Roses. Glue the bottoms of each blossom.
Place the paper roses onto the paper vines. Press and hold so the glue dries in contact with the vine and arbor.
Once your paper rose arbor is ready to go, you can make it into a luminary by taping two LED tealights together like this.
Now just turn on your tealights, put them inside your arbor, and dim the lights!
Isn’t it pretty?
If you want to put the silhouettes inside, scroll up to see how to solve the puzzle and get those extra SVG files. To use those silhouettes, just wrap them around the two LED tealights and tape them secured.
Get my free cut files for the Paper Rose Arbor Lantern
If you make a paper arbor, I’d love to see what you did with it! Please send me a photo at [email protected] or tagged me on social media with #jennifermaker. If you do, I’ll add your name to my Master Lantern Makers list!
If you’re eager to make more luminaries and lanterns today, check out these six fun projects!